I completed my first resin design toy (unicorn) in 2017 and I’ve be making cute creatures since! I went full time toys in 2019 but still do [Illustration] as it is the root of my practice. Most of my work is hand cast by me in resin in very small numbers. I also occasionally do production collaborations and customs with others. Up coming toy drops, events & where to buy my work are announced on Instagram so this page is more a record of past toys. As my focus is on my own work, I do not accept private toy commissions/customs unless in exceptional circumstances thanks for your understanding. Please note, for consistency, in general I use the year a piece was made rather than their release date which effects a handful of the pieces… If in doubt please do ask me.
2022 I had my first toy solo/custom exhibition Show Your Eemo at BLAXK gallery (by ActionCity), Singapore (click here to jump down to Events section below to see more pics). I also released of my first production collab pieces 6″ & 3″ Eemo Cloud BLAXK x JE. I was able to put my digital [3D] skills through it’s paces with Texture Monster Break and Spider Bear which I could never have achieved by hand, I love the possibilities!
I was the Copic Awards – Craft Award selected by Too Corporation Americas winner with my Oxenlox – (Un)locked Potential piece. Oxenlox was launched which was my first toy I used my newly found 3D skills. I spent a lot of 2021 teaching myself [3D] sculpting to aid my future toy projects.
The 2020 was rough for so many of us and I injected those emotions into my work. I started to give deep personal meaning to my toy characters lunching Eemo Cloud (the depressed but hopeful raincloud), Kattessy (the cat panda hybrid fused by love), Knotanxi (the anxious but brave bunny) & Trisheepi (the complex sheep). I also developed an ink & watercolour technique on 3d works that I have become known for.
In 2019 I went fulltime toys. Not only did I start to diversify my stable of characters by adding Draffi & Lleafi, I also started to take part in customs shows/events as well as attending my first international toy show as an invited designer at ToyCon PH. The aim from this point on was to close the gap between my 3D and 2D work.
I continued learning how to cast in 2018. Merlion & Manticore characters were added to my slate. I was still part-time toys at this point
I learnt to make resin toys starting with a unicorn (model A) design. I then refined the unicorn (model B) design that was more cast friendly and now phased out the old version. It was a passing curiosity in parallel to my other art activities, little did I know this would take over my life a few years later!
Designer Toys Freelance Work
For many years I have rarely taken on freelance work as I do focus on my own projects now. But here are some of the rare toy related projects I have done
Events, Talks & Interviews
Here is a selection of some of the events, talks & interviews I’ve lucky enough to be part of. I really enjoying sharing my knowledge and really especially appreciate the few times I’ve been invited to talk with students
Show Your Eemo – March 2022 I had my debate toy solo/custom exhibition “Show Your Eemo” at BLAXK gallery (by ActionCity), Singapore. I’m very thankful to ActionCity, all the customs artists, all the people that took the time to share, visit & buy artworks, thank you! See a full video walkthrough of the show here on Instagram